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dean Donna Rapaccioli
A Time for Reflection and Growth
Welcome to the 10th anniversary issue of Fordham Business magazine.
Looking back at our previous issues is a good reminder of how much has happened in the last decade. In the business world, that includes cryptocurrency, the social media revolution, sustainability (from manufacturing to accounting), and more.

What truly strikes me, though, are the incredible strides the Gabelli School has made from our first published magazine to today.

We are now graduating doctoral candidates who are poised to become the next generation of leaders in business research and education. Our undergraduate core curriculum, in its pilot stages a decade ago, has since become a model for business schools around the country. We brought new life to two campus buildings in two boroughs and launched a Bachelor of Science program in Manhattan, providing undergraduates from around the world with a globally oriented, values-based business education. And, as you know, our school turned 100. There is no better indicator of Fordham’s legacy and longevity in business education than our centennial.

The COVID-19 crisis, the pervasiveness of racial inequality, and the increase of violence against members of the Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities have raised the bar higher for today’s leaders, and leaders of the future. In this issue, we examine humanistic leadership and why it is so critical to catalyzing change. We also explore the ways that community partnerships in the Bronx are engaging our students and creating impact and awareness. At the Gabelli School, we are committed to listening and learning, to valuing diversity, and to nurturing mindfulness within our students so they enter tomorrow’s workforce as kind, compassionate, and inclusive business leaders.

We have much to look forward to in the years ahead. Thanks to the generosity of Mario Gabelli, BS ’65, and Regina Pitaro, FCRH ’76, the Gabelli School has received a $35 million gift—the largest in Fordham’s history. Their contribution challenges us to recognize how crucial it is to always move the school forward in new and exciting directions. When we publish the 20th anniversary edition of Fordham Business magazine, we ought to be just as proud as we are today of our accomplishments over the past decade. Together, we can make that happen.


Donna Rapaccioli Written Signature
Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D.
Dean, Gabelli School of Business